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Murder mystery maven and puzzle provocateur extraordinaire Stephen Sondheim collaborated with actor Anthony Perkins on The Last of Sheila, a twisty if ultimately overly verbose whodunit.



The Last of Sheila (1973)



Released: 14 Jun 1973
Rated: PG
Runtime: 120 min




Director: Herbert Ross
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery



Cast: Richard Benjamin, James Coburn, James Mason
Writer(s): Stephen Sondheim, Anthony Perkins



Plot: A year after Sheila is killed in a hit-and-run, her wealthy husband invites a group of friends to spend a week on his yacht playing a scavenger hunt mystery game. The game turns out to be all too real and all too deadly.



IMDB rating: 7.3
MetaScore: N/A





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Studio: Warner Brothers...

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Ha, my copy arrived in the UK today. I think I've only seen it once, on an obscure TV channel that showed really awful transfers of old films, & I saw it on a tiny portable TV, so watching it now will be a real treat. Great cast & with super cool James Coburn.

One of a growing pile of Blu-rays to watch over the Christmas holidays.
 

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Well maybe if they only have a combined track (which after all these years is probably the case) then there's not much they can do about it. The track does get 4 out of 5, so I hope it's not too bad. Unfortunately low dialogue & loud music is not that rare in movies, right now the Watchmen film is the worse example I can think of.
 

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Very sadly, the review makes it clear the terrible soundtrack has not been revisited .. to have a muffled soundtrack on such a literate movie is a travesty.
I don't think those comments are fair to WA considering the profit margin on this BD release isn't exactly profitable.
 

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I got this last week, and was thoroughly entertained. It looks better than I have ever seen it, and sounds the same as it did in prior years…in theaters, on TV, VHS, etc. i’ve always assumed it was the aspect of production with so many location shots and ADR. It is faithful to how it always was IMHO.
 

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Very sadly, the review makes it clear the terrible soundtrack has not been revisited .. to have a muffled soundtrack on such a literate movie is a travesty.
It is misguided to judge the soundtrack based on a review. It's a excellent transfer of an intelligent fun film written by Stephen Sondheim and Anthony Perkins.
Very sadly, the review makes it clear the terrible soundtrack has not been revisited .. to have a muffled soundtrack on such a literate movie is a travesty.
 

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This is a 1.85:1 movie, isn't it?
It is. When I was writing the review, I had it down as 1.85 and then when I saw the liner notes, I allowed myself to be persuaded that I must have made a mistake without going back and checking for sure. I have amended the review to correct the errors.
 

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My copy is on the way so I hope my ears will prove me wrong .. but there have been times when my wife has suggested we show friends TLOS and I demur on the grounds of the inadequate soundtrack. I'm not blaming Warners; they obviously do everything they can in these releases. I was just upset that the review suggests there's no improvement ... and if no improvement was possible, that's that.
I wish people (sorry Robert) would stop assuming that every criticism of a Warners release is an attack on Warners per se. Never intended.
 

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My copy is on the way so I hope my ears will prove me wrong .. but there have been times when my wife has suggested we show friends TLOS and I demur on the grounds of the inadequate soundtrack. I'm not blaming Warners; they obviously do everything they can in these releases. I was just upset that the review suggests there's no improvement ... and if no improvement was possible, that's that.
I wish people (sorry Robert) would stop assuming that every criticism of a Warners release is an attack on Warners per se. Never intended.
I agree about the soundtrack. I understand they did the best they could with the source (assuming the original stems don’t exist anymore) but, at least initially, it didn’t sound that great. It does improve though.
 

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So many wonderful tributes to Stephen Sondheim.
This was one of them
 

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